Purpose or Scope of Collection
A. Curricular/Research/Programmatic Needs
The technology collection of the Michigan State University Main Library serves the instructional and research needs of faculty and students in the applied sciences as well as those in other disciplines concerned with technology and its impacts. The Main Library Collection emphasizes general technology, biotechnology, clothing construction and fabric/textile science, environmental studies, food science and human nutrition, packaging, and telecommunication. Most of these areas are treated in separate policies (See Environmental Studies, Food Science & Human Nutrition, Packaging, and Communications, respectively) and are excluded here, as are Technology materials collected by the Engineering Library to support the teaching/research needs of the College of Engineering (engineering, metallurgy, materials science, etc.) and the School of Planning, Design & Construction (construction management).
B. History of the Collection/Existing Strengths and Emphases
The Technology collection dates back to the early years of the University; however, a significant portion of the collection was removed in September of 1963 when the Engineering Library was created. What remained behind appeared to be a rather haphazard assortment of materials. More purposeful collecting since 1993 has built strengths in the areas of food science, biotechnology, environmental issues, textile science, packaging, and telecommunication.